Grateful Dead Live at Allan Kirby Field House, Lafayette College on 1979-05-07
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
NAK CM700, Sony 158SD Recorded by Barry Glassberg. A:D conversion by John Steinthal via Mark Cohen, encoded by Matt Vernon
- 2004-03-26 10:17:13
- NAK CM700, Sony 158SD
- Easton, PA
- Audience Recording
- Taped by
- Barry Glassberg
- Transferred by
- John Steinthal
Subject: My first show
Subject: Dawn of the Dead!
Subject: My first show.
I was 14 and was given a purple microdot in em parking lot. Slept through some of the second set. Remember a few songs, but I was brand new. The show is awesome. It got me hooked, and I'd end up at close to 80 ea Dead Shows as well as another almost 80 Jerry shows. This was ten minutes from my house, and for sure got me off running, as Radio City, tours, New Years and more followed.
Flash forward and I'm still at it, 6 dead and co shows this summer. It's not the same, it's different. Phish is around and that's the closest feel for me as touring with the dead was. Seeing most of their summer tour.
Long strange road continues but it all began for me here.
If anyone can say yeah or nay to a chick vocalist this night, please!
Subject: One of my first
Subject: bread crumb
Listening to all of this chronologically is a pretty unique perspective. Before I started on this journey my listening was driven more by era or song choice. Now I take it as they played it.
Subject: ...can you say amphetamines??
Subject: WOW WOW WOW
Subject: What a great night!
Subject: I was there 30 years ago today!!
Subject: don't let this AUD fool you
It does take a little while to get going, I'll admit. They kinda go through the motions. But then the second set comes out and sends the rocket ship off to mars. A fine Estimated paves the way for a killer Eyes - see the other reviews. The Not Fade Away with John Cipollina is a top 10 for sure. Long and jammed out, the kind of jam that will take you up to the 13th heaven. Even the Around and Around is a rocking little treat.
Solid 4 stars.
Subject: I Never Knew It Was This Good!!!
Subject: One hot show
Subject: Incredible recording
Anyway, I tried for some time to track down a copy of this show, and it just didn't seem to be in too many collections. Thanks to LAMA, I was finally able to download a copy here.
Kirby Fieldhouse is not a "tiny" gym, as one poster noted below. It was designed to host indoor track & field events, so it's a pretty big building. (Graduation ceremonies have been held there on rainy days, so again, it isn't small). I'd guess with the floor opened up, you could fit 3,000 in there. So while definitely not the biggest venue the Dead played, there's plenty of room to really air out the sound.
This recording has perfect ambiance, with a fantastic mix. It sounds like the taper was in just the right place to capture a really clear mix, with just the right balance of crowd for us to hear the energy at this show. Brent's vocals are a bit low in the mix, and it's a bit hard to hear him at times. "Passenger" really stands out to me on this recording -- the band was really cooking for this one.
As others have noted, this is well worth your time and bandwidth to download. Without a question, the best concert Lafayette College ever hosted!
Subject: TO BE RELEASED !!!!!!!!
Subject: Great Way to kick Off my Dead Career
Maybe it was the high of being @ my first show, maybe it was the beautiful spring night, maybe it was the roses. But, it was a magical evening, and I can verify that this show is a really hot one now that I've gotten the chance to hear it more than 26 years! after the scene of the crime.
Subject: A solid show from top to bottom
1st Set: Well, the crowd is certainly pumped to see their heroes... They're clapping too fast for this perky "Ease." Keeping it loose and easy to glide our feet is an "Uncle." "River's" got a longer intro than usual keeping us tensely anticipating their vocal intro to the song. This pumps the crowd up into a nice frenzy... Mydland's solo displays an effort to be creative, but is too thoughtful to match the energy put up during these opening tunes. "Candyman" is fine. Again this recording does not allow for Jerry's vocal projection to stand out as something beautiful, or it may just be J' voice. "LLR" is standard but not overwhelmingly pretty that I'm begging the Lord to shed some tears. Yea yea yea, smart to tell this KY crowd that you'd rather be nowhere else but TN. For an older "Minglewood" this one is enjoyably sloshy. "Peggy" is serious and thoughtful. Things get pumped back up with a "Passenger." Ummm..was that really the set closer?! Nahhhh...we needed a 'Deal' to close a very fine set off properly.
2nd Set: Whoooo!! Shake me down! Of course there's more clapping, silly... This version is dance-happy... Oh my, I don't think I've ever heard of a show where "Jack" followed a "Shakedown" Good version with a unified buildup, everyone's clapping along... Ahhhh.. now pour the soul-refreshing "Estimated" down my throat... Brent's playing an odd synth that sounds like a cheesy late 70s church organ... it does interefere with my enjoyment; tho, the band's having a good time playing. "Eyes" emerges from a hard-working "Estimated jam... it's speedy tho tight... "Drums" is a very generous length tonight, tho "Space" is not particularly otherworldy. Quickly, we get on a more linear path, marching towards our "NFA" destination. At first it's rather standard, but at 8:00 the instruments develop this clanging distortion that makes this version sound more punkish than the norm. "Black" is a nice stand-out cause of the slow-burning rocking outro...the rest is comfortable groove. It segues well into an immediately picking up the pace "Around." It's loud and raucous, everything an ideal Berry closer should be. It's hot, hot hot, but feels rushed and shorter than it ideally should be.
"US" does its job righteously ending this above-average 3 1/2 star show.
Subject: Best Show of Spring 1979 Tour
Subject: Hot shakedown
Next night at PSU may win by a hair but this is very listenable and been in this gym it's tiny so it must have been fun.
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